Just days after trading franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, the question is whether the Seattle Seahawks should fight to stay competitive or hit the proverbial reset button.
They may not really have the capital to go out and get a good quarterback, and even if they were successful, a new QB is unlikely to be able to get them back to the Super Bowl.
If Seattle does indeed blow up and do it again, their most prized possession appears to be star DK Metcalf, who is just 24 and could continue to improve in the coming years.
An insider thinks the team could receive huge value in return for him.
— NFL Rumors (@nflrums) February 25, 2022
Additionally, Metcalf was reportedly upset by head coach Pete Carroll’s desire to run football more, now and for the foreseeable future, which also led to Wilson’s exit.
Pete Carroll’s ideal play is when his RBs run 150 yards, his defense gets 2 takeaways, they kick and bat well and his QB has 23 att
How many times in NFL history has an HC knocked a 9x Pro Bowler & Super Bowl Champion QB out of town because he wouldn’t throw the ball? https://t.co/T7oLZ0xsFl
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 16, 2022
Le large will be a free agent next offseason, and it’s fair to wonder if the Seahawks would want to spend a lot of money on him while launching a heartfelt rebuilding project.
Which teams might be the best candidates for a Metcalf trade?
3. New England Patriots
After Tom Brady left New England, it looked like the team might be embarking on a long-term rebuilding process. But with rookie QB Mac Jones emerging as a star right away, that process can take a lot less time.
Metcalf could give Jones the reliable target on the court that could accelerate the development of his game and his confidence. He could also give head coach Bill Belichick the luxury of not depending so much on the ground game.
Remember that Monday night game against the Buffalo Bills where Jones only threw three (!) passes throughout the game? This is not a consistent recipe for success.
If Belichick offers a package that Seattle accepts, Metcalf could make the AFC title race even more interesting than it already will be.
2. Cleveland Browns
With Deshaun Watson on board and Baker Mayfield out, the Browns may want to go all-in after also acquiring Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys.
Cooper and Metcalf could give Watson, who has been one of the NFL’s best callers, a killer combo that will help stretch the field. With Nick Chubb opening things up with his ability to gain rushing yards, the Browns could have a very powerful offense if they got Metcalf.
According to Sportsnaut.com’s Matt Johnson, Cleveland has the draft capital and cap space to not only acquire Metcalf, but to keep him in the fold over the coming season.
1. Denver Broncos
This may seem highly unlikely at first glance. Why would Seattle want to do another trade with Denver, let alone help them build a Super Bowl team?
But such a trade would reunite Metcalf with Wilson, while giving the Broncos a legitimate wide game they can rely on week to week without forcing Wilson to create new chemistry with all of his receivers.
They already have a couple receivers in Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton that many love, but neither look to be world champions at this point.
The Los Angeles Rams proved going all-in works by winning the Super Bowl last month. Maybe John Elway should call the Seahawks and see if they’d be willing to let Metcalf go.